Kevin Lee jealous but admires the rise of Sean O’Malley

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Although he has no regrets, Kevin Lee admits that he would have changed a few things early in his UFC career.

After losing four of his last five games, including a bout with current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, Lee (18-7 MMA, 11-7 UFC) was let go by the UFC and recently signed a multi-fight deal with former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Eagle FC. promotion.

Lee’s rise in the rankings has not been easy. “The Motown Phenom” never shied away from a challenge, facing one tough stylistic clash after another. Although he managed to make his way to a lightweight interim title, Lee eventually suffered many setbacks, which led to his release from the UFC.

Looking back, Lee thinks that if he had taken a different path his record would likely have been very different, which is why he praises Sean O’Malley for his refusal to fight ranked opponents unless he gets it. a salary increase. O’Malley (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is one of the most popular fighters on the list, but has often been criticized for his level of opposition.

“I have to take my hat off to Sean O’Malley,” Lee said on “The Schmozone Podcast”. “He knows how to get on. He did it the right way. Honestly, I wish I had taken a couple of pages or two from his book and had this ability to pick my fights and put in some great performances like that. He’s doing it the right way.

“I don’t blame him for that. I’m a little jealous, I’m not going to lie. He doesn’t need to fight black belts of jiu-jitsu, then in the next fight, fight a world class striker, then fight a kickboxer world champion, then fight a wrestler. He doesn’t have to do that. I am a little jealous. But I take my hat off to him for doing that, though.

Lee is set to face Season 1 “Ultimate Fighter” winner and UFC Hall of Fame member Diego Sanchez at an Eagle FC event on March 11 as he begins his quest to become the first 165 champion. promotion books.

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